The number one song in the United States is Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"; the number two song in the UK (which was #1 last month) is John Newman's infectious Northern Soul-influenced horns-and-handclaps jam "Love Me Again." Newman — an Amy Winehouse-esque 23-year-old from Yorkshire — also has a track called "Cheating" that's quite good. But. In light of Jon Caramanica's New York Times piece about the "fundamental conservatism of white soul," you have to wonder: What about the black guys doing soul music, which has traditionally been black? How come they don't seem to make it to the top of the charts?